Chymeka Olfonse Bio
Chymeka Olfonse is the Executive Director of Minds Matter National, Inc. Having spent her post-college career in the non-profit sector, she joins the organization with a wealth of experience. Chymeka has dedicated her entire professional career to empowering individuals through education. She brings to Minds Matter an entrepreneurial spirit, volunteer management expertise, and significant leadership experience in the education sector.
She has worked in both programming and management capacities at the New York City Department of Education and more recently at The After-School Corporation (TASC). In her role at TASC, Chymeka oversaw the development and implementation of college credit-bearing certificate programs and continuing-education courses in an effort to professionalize the after-school field. She also built relationships with local colleges and community-based organizations, leading program recruitment and marketing efforts. As a Program Manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education, she oversaw a number of large efforts to bring private-sector philanthropy into the public schools. Prior to that, Chymeka was Deputy Director for the Mid-Atlantic region of Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit serving disadvantaged preschool children.
Chymeka is a graduate of Yale University where she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Economic Policy and African and African-American History. She completed her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Public and Nonprofit Management at The Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Chymeka completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program offered through the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education department in July 2012.